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Detroit lawyer gets 5-cent IRS bill, 4-cent refund (San Francisco Chronicle)
James Howarth is a little confused by two letters he has received from the Internal Revenue Service. The Detroit defense lawyer received one letter in November that said he owed the IRS money _ five cents. He was warned that he should pay "to avoid additional...
Burris lawyer prods Senate Democratic leaders (AP via Yahoo! Philippines News)
A lawyer representing the man appointed to the Senate by embattled Gov.
Burris lawyer prods Senate Democratic leaders (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer representing the man appointed to the Senate by embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich has written to Senate Democratic leaders asking them to seat his client.
Attorney: John Travolta likely to bury son in Florida (Orlando Sentinel)
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — John Travolta's teenage son likely will be buried in Florida following his death at the actor's home in the Bahamas, an attorney said Saturday.
Burris lawyer prods Senate Democratic leaders (San Francisco Chronicle)
A lawyer representing the man appointed to the Senate by embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich has written to Senate Democratic leaders asking them to seat his client. Attorney Timothy Wright also tells the Chicago Tribune he plans to go to court if the Senate...
Burris attorney presses Senate Democratic leaders (The State Journal-Register)
CHICAGO — An attorney representing Roland Burris has written to U.S. Senate Democratic leaders asking them to seat his client, the man embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich has appointed.
U.S. Attorney's Office Seizes $15M In 2008 (KOCO 5 Oklahoma City)
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Oklahoma City seized more than $15 million in 2008, the office reports.
Lykos to be sworn in as Harris County district Attorney (The Champions Sun)
Patricia R. Lykos will be sworn in as the Harris County District Attorney; she is the first woman chief of the Office since it was created more than 100 years ago. Ceremony is: January 1, 2009 at 10:00 am in the Harris County Jury Assembly Room at 1019 Congress, First Floor.
Burris attorney presses Dem leaders to seat appointee (The Hill)
Roland Burris, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s (D) pick to replace President-elect Obama in the Senate, has sent a attorney's letter to...
US Attorney announces $15M in seizures (The Oklahoma Daily)
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Oklahoma City seized more than $15 million in 2008.
Burris Lawyer Prods Senate Democratic Leaders (KDKA Pittsburgh)
A lawyer representing the man appointed to the Senate by embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich has written to Senate Democratic leaders asking them to seat his client. Attorney Timothy Wright also tells the Chicago Tribune he plans to go to court if the Senate refuses to seat Roland Burris.
Burris attorney writes to Senate Democratic leaders asking to seat client (Crain's Chicago Business)
(AP) — An attorney representing Roland Burris has written to U.S. Senate Democratic leaders asking them to seat his client, the man embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich has appointed. Attorney Timothy Wright tells the Chicago Tribune he plans to go to federal court if the Senate refuses to seat ...
Ohio eliminates attorney general lobbyist job (Port Clinton News Herald)
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Ohio Attorney General’s office has eliminated a lobbying position in Washington that was unique among attorneys general nationally.
Former Attorney General Griffin Bell hospitalized (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Former United States Attorney General Griffin Bell was being treated at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta on Saturday for complications due to pancreatic cancer. The 90-year-old was also experiencing kidney failure and had developed pneumonia, according to his granddaughter, Katherine Bell McClure of Atlanta. Bell has battled kidney disease for years and was recently diagnosed with cancer. Bell told ...
BART SHOOTING: Attorney To Make Announcement (FOX 11 Reno)
John Burris, an Oakland civil rights attorney hired by the family of a man fatally shot by Bay Area Rapid Transit police at the Fruitvale station, will hold a news conference at his office at 11 a.m. Sunday.
BART victim fatally shot in the back, family's lawyer says (San Francisco Chronicle)
The 22-year-old man killed by a BART policeman early New Year's Day was lying face-down on the train platform, his hands behind him waiting to be cuffed, when he was shot in the back, a lawyer newly hired by the man's family said today. Attorney John Burris...
Attorney: man killed by BART officer shot in back (The Fresno Bee)
An attorney hired by the family of a man slain by a transit agency police officer early New Year's Day says the victim was shot in the back while lying on his stomach waiting to be handcuffed. Read comments
Gage County Attorney will end plea bargaining (Lincoln Journal Star)
Gage County Attorney Randall Ritnour has decided he will no longer use plea bargaining as a tool in prosecutions after Feb. 1. “We want to charge people with what they have done and stay with it; almost a truth-in-sentencing type of thing,” said Ritnour.
Attorney: man killed by BART officer shot in back (CBS 47 Fresno)
An attorney hired by the family of a man slain by a transit agency police officer early New Year's Day says the victim was shot in the back while lying...
Attorney Claims Man Was Shot In Back By Officer (CBS 13 Sacramento)
An attorney hired by the family of a man slain by a transit agency police officer early New Year's Day says the victim was shot in the back while lying on his stomach waiting to be handcuffed.
Tarrant County District Attorney Tim Curry faces tough fight outside courtroom (Dallas Morning News)
FORT WORTH – Even as a youngster, venerable Tarrant County District Attorney Tim Curry dealt with criminals. One of his schoolmates was Lee Harvey Oswald.
Family of Fruitvale BART shooting victim hires attorney (Contra Costa Times)
n Civil rights attorney says victim was unarmed and was not trying to overpower officer
Family Lawyer: Jett Travolta May Have Died in Father's Arms (US Weekly)
John Travolta's lawyers -- who are close family friends -- reveal to Usmagazine.com that Jett may have died in his father's arms Friday. "Yesterday was the worst day of [John's] life," Travolta's lawyer and confidant, Michael McDermott, and Michael Ossi, the family's attorney, tell Us in a phone interview (during which they asked all quotes to be jointly attributed). Us: How is John doing? ...
Defendant has high-profile attorney (The Tribune-Democrat)
James Ecker, the Pittsburgh attorney who will defend accused killer Stephen C. Shesko of Seward, is as high-profile as western Pennsylvania lawyers come.
Lawyer: Accused abductors' zeal to help got 'out of hand' (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Two kidnapping suspects, both pharmacists in their 70s, let their zeal to help a struggling old woman get out of hand, their lawyer said yesterday.
Lawyer: Accused abductors' zeal to help got 'out of hand' (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Two kidnapping suspects, both pharmacists in their 70s, let their zeal to help a struggling old woman get out of hand, their lawyer said yesterday.
Detroit lawyer gets 5-cent IRS bill, 4-cent refund (The Standard-Times)
Lawyer gets 5-cent
Alleged phony lawyer allowed to travel (The Bismarck Tribune)
A man accused of impersonating a lawyer has been taken off home confinement for one week to visit his attorney.
Gage County Attorney will end plea bargaining (Lincoln Journal Star)
Gage County Attorney Randall Ritnour has decided he will no longer use plea bargaining as a tool in prosecutions after Feb. 1. “We want to charge people with what they have done and stay with it; almost a truth-in-sentencing type of thing,” said Ritnour.
Human rights lawyer: ‘a combination of history and spirituality in one’ (The Epoch Times)
OTTAWA—“A combination of history and spirituality in one,” was how human rights lawyer David Matas described the renowned Divine Performing Arts show currently playing at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre.
Tarrant County District Attorney Tim Curry facing a fight tougher than any courtroom battle (Dallas Morning News)
FORT WORTH – Even as a youngster, venerable Tarrant County District Attorney Tim Curry dealt with criminals. One of his schoolmates was Lee Harvey Oswald.
Former local attorney now heads plasma collection centers for international firm (Plattsburgh Press Republican)
PLATTSBURGH — A former local attorney is now president of a major company's plasma-collections division.
Harman eyes attorney general seat (Daily Pilot)
Sen. Tom Harman is considering running to be California’s next attorney general in 2010.
Bisbee Hires Interim County Attorney (The Morning News)
BENTONVILLE -- Attorney George Spence will serve as interim Benton County attorney for the next two months, County Judge David Bisbee said Friday.
Orlando Attorney Vows To Go Paperless (Central Florida News 13)
An Orlando attorney has made a unique New Year's resolution to do away with thousands of pages in court documents and go paperless in 2009.
Family of Fruitvale BART shooting victim hires attorney (Oakland Tribune)
Civil rights attorney says victim was unarmed and was not trying to overpower officer.
Lawyer files suit over dispute on beach fees (Sun Star)
A LAWYER sued an heir of a beach property owner and two security guards for grave coercion over a disagreement in the collection of entrance and parking fees for the property in Moalboal, Cebu.
Lawyer: Travolta's son not left alone (Cape Cod Times)
Travolta's son was supervised and not left alone as police suggest, according to actor John Travlota's lawyer
More Trouble for Attorney Charged With Holding Wife Prisoner (Fox News)
A Dubuque attorney accused of holding his common-law wife prisoner and beating her has now been charged with violating a protection order for allegedly calling the woman 17 times from jail.
Former attorney general in Ga. hospital (AccessNorthGA)
ATLANTA - Former U.S. Attorney General Griffin Bell is being treated at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta for complications due to pancreatic cancer. Katherine Bell McClure says her 90-year-old grandfather is also experiencing kidney failure and pneumonia.
Former Attorney General In Atlanta Hospital (WSB-TV 2 Atlanta)
Former U.S. Attorney General Griffin Bell is being treated at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta for complications due to pancreatic cancer.
BART rider belly-down when shot, lawyer says (San Francisco Chronicle)
The 22-year-old man killed by a BART police officer early New Year's Day was lying face-down on the train platform, his hands behind him waiting to be cuffed, when he was shot in the back, a lawyer newly hired by the man's family said Saturday. Attorney John...
Alleged phony lawyer allowed to travel (The Bismarck Tribune)
A man accused of impersonating a lawyer has been taken off home confinement for one week to visit his attorney.
Court denies lawyer admission to bar (The Daily Record)
A veteran lawyer seeking to practice in Maryland who failed to disclose a DWI arrest until after he passed the bar exam was denied admittance by a divided Court of Appeals.
Lykos to be sworn in as Harris County district Attorney (Cypress Sun)
Patricia R. Lykos will be sworn in as the Harris County District Attorney; she is the first woman chief of the Office since it was created more than 100 years ago. Ceremony is: January 1, 2009 at 10:00 am in the Harris County Jury Assembly Room at 1019 Congress, First Floor.
Anderson County attorney resigns (Anderson Independent-Mail)
Tom Martin formally resigned his position as Anderson County attorney effective Dec. 31, 2008.
Shelby County District Attorney Bill Gibbons To Run For Tennessee Governor (Eyewitness News Memphis)
Shelby County District Attorney Bill Gibbons is tossing his name into the ring to be the next Governor of Tennessee. He announced he is running for the Republican nomination in...
Wife of slain attorney wanted him dead, former employee testifies (Lodi News-Sentinel)
STOCKTON -- The wife of slain Sacramento attorney Larry McNabney wanted her husband dead, a secretary who worked at McNabney's law office for less than three months, said Friday.
Andre Smith's lawyer: No contact with an agent (Birmingham News)
TUSCALOOSA -- University of Alabama All-American Andre Smith did not have contact with a sports agent and has been honest and cooperative with school officials about the subject, Smith's lawyer told The Birmingham News today.
Attorney: Travolta's son 'spectacularly supervised' (Concord Monitor)
John Travolta's 16-year-old son was "spectacularly supervised" before he was found collapsed at the family's vacation home on Grand Bahama Island, an attorney for the actor said yesterday.